Christian-Jewish Relations: Theological Issues
New Catholic Encyclopedia, 597-605, January 2010
Lawrence E. Frizzell, S.T.L., S.S.L., D.Phil.
Department of Religion
The major disagreements between Jews and traditional Christians (i.e.
those who accept the canon of the New Testament and the theological
decisions of the first seven ecumenical Councils) focus on the mystery
of God and the person of the Messiah. The antithetical approaches to the
questions of three persons in one God and the person of the Messiah,
believed by Christians to be Jesus of Nazareth, true God and true man,
will not be set aside; however, clarification of the Catholic
understanding regarding the Jewish stance can remove generalized
accusations of blindness and/or malice. This article examines the key
passages of the New Testament that set the stage for presentation of